Gooner Blanket Monday, Sep 29 2008 

25 September 2008
A couple of years ago a co-worker showed up at my cubicle with a present. A wonderful, unsolicited, beautiful present.
Arsenal Throw
She had been to an Estate sale over the weekend, and espied this fantastic blanket which she snapped up for a measly $2.00. She knew that I’m a Gooner and that this blanket would be headed to a fine home. In the summer & fall months, the blanket covers my office chair. In the winter & early spring months, the blanket migrates to the living room so that I can huddle under it while watching Arsenal destroy whichever team it is they are playing on that day.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 September 2008 )

Listening to:
Hot, Hot, Hot!!! by Cure
from Galore

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Gooner Thursday, May 8 2008 

5 May 2008
This is one of many Arsenal branded items I own. It’s one way to saying to the world at large, "I’m a gooner, and I’m proud of it!"
The Arsenal Cannon
Of course Arsenal broke my heart this year, as they have several years running. Poor exit from Carling Cup against the dreaded neighbours up at Shitehart Lane followed by an unceremonious drubbing in the FA Cup against ManU(re). Most recently a dip in form on the domestic front cost the Gunners far too many points allowing either Chel$ki or ManU(re) to take the EPL trophy again; while a strong Liverpudlian side kicked us squarely in the nobbies and dumped us from Champion’s League glory. Now, with one game left in the season (against Sunderland), the best Arsene and his squad can hope for is third place and no silverware for the cabinet. Now, of course, comes speculation time as the rabid English press start digging up dirt and causing massive amounts of unrest. We have already lost Matthieu Flamini to the Italian giants, AC Milan, and it looks like his on and off pitch chum, Hleb will be joining him in the city, but not on the pitch. The later being, at the moment, speculative rumour that I hope doesn’t come true. But, greed being the most fickle of the footballer’s love interest, Hleb will follow the money as Flamini did before him. Nonetheless, I’m a gooner ’til I die no matter the on and off pitch antics, hystrionics & rumours.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 7 May 2008)

Listening to:
Wax Paper by J – Live
from Moistworks : Fuck A War

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Preparations Thursday, Feb 14 2008 

Preparations

12 February 2008

For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of working for our dear friends Ken and Denise in their florist shop, The Rose and Thistle, during the Valentine rush.  Today, I decided on a whim, to run by their shop and see if I could get a head start on getting some prices into my head, and refreshing my memory on some of the procedures that are so easy to forget when you only use them two days a year! 

When I got there, they were so glad to see me (making me feel very good, of course!) and they were busy enough, that I just stayed!  I ended up working an eight plus hour day!  Sadly, I didn’t have time to take very many pictures, and this one isn’t all that flattering—but it does show the busy workshop with three designers at the table, and a little bit of the craziness that starts to take over . . .

~MB

Living Room View Sunday, Dec 9 2007 

Living Room View

8 December 2007

My photo today isn’t exactly a work of art, but it is representative of most of my day!  Laptop in front of the TV.  We opted to stay at home all day rather than do any of the previously discussed potential activities.  I guess we needed a “down” day more than we even realized.

~MB

The Arsenal Monday, Aug 27 2007 

26 August 2007
1-Nil to the Arsenal. A familar refrain to those of us who have followed the Gunners. Perhaps it’s a similar era with a new face on it. The Arsenal have changed crests, changed stadiums and, for the greater part, changed personnel. But the score remains the same.
Sunday’s game was against a much-changed Manchester City who made a great show of it at the Emirates. I was starting to bite my nails frantically as the time kept ticking away. But, remembering late, I grabbed an Arsenal strip and donned it. Minutes later Cesc thundered an unstoppable shot into the onion bag. Whether it helps or not who am I to say. But, three games I don a strip. Three games we win. I’m certainly not one to stare chance in the face and laugh at it. I’ll be wearing an Arsenal strip when we play Sparta mid-week, and I’ll throw one on for the weekend, too, for good measure. As long as the Arsenal keep winning, I’ll keep on calling the shirts lucky. Here’s this week’s lucky strip:
The Arsenal
(I do not know what the green blob is in the lower right corner.)
This is the gold Arsenal away strip worn in 2001/2002. It was the last year that Arsenal used the old crest and that colour strip. I’m also realtively sure that Arsenal never lost a game in that strip. Maybe they should bring it back, wot?
This photo might just work for the "Texture" assignment, too.
Cheers.

~KR (26 August 2007)

Listening to:
Sin Ella (Live) by Gipsy Kings
on The Very Best Of The Gipsy Kings – Volare – Cd 1

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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The Pub Wednesday, Aug 22 2007 

17 August 2007
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Home to the largest Irish Festival in the United States. Also home to Highbury Pub:
Highbury Pub
Some weeks back, my friend Joseph sent me an email. Contained in that email was simply www.thehighbury.com/. Now, those who know me, as Joseph so obviously does, know that I have a love (call it what it is…it’s an obsession) with the Arsenal FC. That passion stretches back to the early 70’s when I was but a wee tot on my Da’s knee watching footy on the telly in black & white. To find a pub in Milwaukee so obviously dedicated to the religion that is football and the specific denomination that is Arsenal filled me with an almost rapturous joy. A pilgrimage was on the horizon and I was going to take advantage of the fact that I was headed to Milwaukee for the Irish Festival to visit this mecca. It was closed.
Several more attempts were made to visit this shrine-they all failed to bear fruit. Perhaps the fruit would have been poison, who knows. One day, I will have a pint while watching my Gunners thrash some Spurs or perhaps some Red Devils or Blues while sitting on a stool in this hallowed place. Until then, I can only hope that the envisioned heaven matches the reality.
Cheers.

~KR (17 August 2007)

Listening to:
Go Insane by Lower Class Brats
on a SXSW 2007 Showcasing Artists compilation

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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2003 Arsenal Away Strip Tuesday, Aug 14 2007 

12 August 2007

Sunday. What’re Sunday’s for? Football, that’s what! Sadly, I didn’t get to play in the second to last game of our football season. And, I think I’m glad. The pitch-side temperature according to reports was 104 degrees Farenheit. I’d have likely keeled over from that kind of heat. I did get to watch my Gunners play against Fulham though. A lovely 2-1 win at the Emirates to start the season. And that in spite of Lehmann’s howler at the 57 second mark. Had Arsenal lost, likely this would be a different photo. But, since they won, I figured a photo of the shirt I was wearing, a 2003 Arsenal away strip, might be appropriate. Of course, I wasn’t wearing it during the photo, but none-the-less, we’re calling it my lucky strip. At least for now. 2003 Arsenal Away Strip
Cheers.

~KR (12 August 2007)

Listening to:
The Prince Song by Ghetto Pony
on Post Apocalyptic Bubblegum Music

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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